THE DAYS IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDING Signing Day are hectic, information comes fast and furious and sometimes it's hard to keep up on it all. In case you missed anything, here's a quick primer.
Oregon State, with 25 in the 2011 recruiting class, finished at No. 5 in the Pac-12 in recruiting rankings according to Scout.com, and No. 43 nationally.
The No. 43 ranking for the 2011 class is OSU's highest rating nationally in four years.
The 2010 OSU class was ranked No. 67 nationally. In 2009, OSU came in at No. 48. In 2008, Oregon State's class was ranked No. 61.
Since Scout.com covered their first recruiting class, in 2002, three OSU classes have been rated higher, in 2004, 2006 and 2007. In 2004, with 28 recruits, the Beavs were slotted at No. 34. The 2006 OSU class, which numbered 30, was ranked No. 41. The 2007 Beaver crop, boosted by 33 recruits, was ranked No. 40.
Ryan Katz fractured a wrist this past season but rehab is going well and is expected to be good to go for spring ball.
Running backs coach Reggie Davis is leaving to join Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers, where he'll coach tight ends. Assistant coaching moves are generally kept quiet until after Signing Day, lest the comings and goings result in lost commitments. There's no official timetable but expect Mike Riley to fill the post sooner rather than later with spring ball coming up.
One logical candidates who could be in the pool to replace Davis is Robin Ross...Ross has served in a GA role the last two years at OSU coaching the tight ends, a role he could afford because Western Washington, where he served as head coach, was still paying him. Ross was a long-time Division I-A as well as NFL assistant, before landing the head coaching job at Western Washington. WWU decided to discontinue its football program four years into Ross' tenure there. Davis helped recruit the L.A. area and virtually all of Ross' territories and assignments throughout his career have focused on one place, the region where he grew up: the Los Angeles Basin. His ties to the region are considerable, built over decades.
The 15-practice spring drill session begins on Monday, March 28 with practices held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for four weeks. The final week wraps up with a practice on Monday, April 25, another on Wednesday, April 27 followed by Saturday's spring game on April 30.
James Rodgers has been awarded another year of eligibility but his knee won't be ready in time for the spring and Mike Riley has some concerns on if he'll be 100 percent by the time the season rolls around.
There has been some discussion since last spring on the possibility of moving Michael Philipp to guard – Mike Riley didn't rule it out when asked recently but was noncommittal on any position changes for now. Generally, a few position changes are announced right around the time spring ball begins, though they usually don't involve a guy like Philipp, who has 22 starts in his first two years.
Kyle Gardner, who had 140 tackles this past season (sixth most among Oregon preps) for 5A Crescent Valley High in Corvallis, turned down a scholie from Portland State in order to walk-on at OSU, according to the Democrat-Herald. The 6-0, 200-pounder is expected to get his first look at fullback, with linebacker also in the mix. Also accepting a preferred walk-on invitation, Sherwood High's Michael Balfour, who is expected to line up at h-back. He averaged 7.4 ypc as a senior, with 1,339 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns and accepted a preferred walk-on invitation to Oregon State over offers from Portland State and Air Force.
The NFL Combine runs from Feb. 23 - March 1 in Indianapolis. DT Stephen Paea, C Alex Linnenkohl and RB Jacquizz Rodgers have received invites. Lots of other guys will stay home, only about 300 invitations are extended by the NFL each year.
OSU's Pro Day is usually held mid-March with NFL scouts in attendance.